Helicopter pilots are in constant danger of action stars climbing aboard their craft and throwing them out; kayakers, however, need only fear falling helicopter pilots. Steer an unstealable vessel with today's Groupon: for $20, you get an eight-hour single kayak rental or a four-hour tandem kayak rental at Osprey Bay Outdoors in Clearwater (a $45 value). Osprey Bay Outdoors will provide straps and pads to transport kayaks, or transport them 3 miles to Coopers Bayou for $5 per kayak.
Osprey Bay Outdoors outfits outdoor explorers with an array of high-quality sit-on-top kayaks tailored for speed, comfort, and maneuverability. Explore the Pinellas County Blueways in vessels such as the Native Watercraft 12-foot or 14-foot Manta Ray, each offering dry hatches to stash snacks, fishing accouterments, and freshly permed wigs. Single paddlers can visit nearby places, including the scenic Myakka River, for a full day of sightseeing in an Ocean Kayak single-passenger Trident 11 Angler, and tandem riders double time in the Malibu Two XL. Maritime adventurers of all ages and skill levels can navigate the area’s proximate salt marshes, which are home to a mélange of Floridian wildlife including manatees, shorebirds, and alligators.
Osprey Bay Outdoors
A fully stocked retail and rental shop, Osprey Bay Outdoors equips the aquatically inclined with all the gear to kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rugged Coopers Bayou and the waterways off of Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands. With a contagious enthusiasm for getting outdoors and being active on the region's waterways, the seasoned and trained staff wind participants through mangrove-tree tunnels on eco tours while expertly ignoring the sirens' rendition of "Come Sail Away." Full-day trips keep groups immersed in the natural splendor of sights such as the Silver and Homosassa Rivers, and fishing expeditions and kayaking instruction make it easy to embrace the great outdoors.